Scholarships from Ghana,today,April 18th, 2012

ESTABLISHMENT

The Scholarships Secretariat was established in January, 1960 as an extra-ministerial body under the Office of the President. Its main object was to administer and exercise central control over scholarship awards, for manpower development so as to ensure effective manpower support for the various national development programmes.

MISSION STATEMENT

The Scholarships Secretariat exists to utilize Government funds, GETFund and Donor support, for the provision of scholarship to brilliant but needy students and qualified workers at a minimum assess cost for human resource development for the purpose of national growth and development.

FUNCTION

The Functions of the Scholarships Secretariat include the following:

a. Administration of various Government scholarships tenable in Ghana and overseas, namely,

i. Ghana Government scholarships tenable in local universities and other tertiary institutions and second cycle institutions (including Northern extraction scholarship scheme).
ii. Ghana Government scholarships tenable overseas.
iii. Awards offered to Ghana by Commonwealth countries under the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP).
iv. Ghana Government awards to students from other commonwealth countries under the CSFP.
v. Scholarships offered to Ghana by Foreign Government and other international organizations.
vi. Ghana Government awards to citizens of other African states tenable in institutions in Ghana.

b. Compilation and maintenance of records of candidates awarded scholarships

c. Providing financial assistance for private students abroad who are in hardship and distressed economic circumstances. The relevance of courses as being critical for national development and the prospect of scholars returning to Ghana to serve upon completion, are taken into account. Support is mostly in the form of one-time cash payment and is subject to availability of funds.

d. Counseling of private students wishing to study overseas and assisting them to procure visas by issuing them with letters of introduction.

e. Ensuring through the respective Ghana Missions abroad, the welfare of all sponsored students through the transfer of funds for their upkeep.

f. Arranging reception for all returning sponsored students and also assisting in the clearance of their personal effects.

g. Monitoring to ensure that scholarship fund paid beneficiaries are properly utilized.

SCHOLARSHIP SCHEMES

LOCAL TERTIARY SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

The Scholarships Secretariat administers five (5) types of scholarships for local Public Universities and Polytechnics.

TYPES OF AWARD:

The awards include:

Thesis grant for postgraduate students
Bursary grant for postgraduate students
Long course allowance for medical students
Disability allowance for physically challenged
Hardship allowance for needy students

THESIS GRANT

Thesis:

This is a grant paid once postgraduate students of Public Universities. Allowances are graduated according to programme or course offered.

ELIGIBILITY

Be a Ghanaian Citizen

Be a registered regular full time postgraduate student of a local Public University
Sandwich and distance learning students are not eligible to apply
Fee paying students are not eligible to apply
Students on sponsorship as well as those on study leave with pay are not eligible to apply

ACCESSING THE AWARD:

A. Universities concerned request for application forms each academic year from the Scholarships Secretariat.
B. Admission to Schools outside the 3 Northern Regions.
C. Parent/Guardians apply by completing application forms designed specifically for that by Scholarships Secretariat
D. Forms should be endorsed by school Heads and District Chief Executives of their District of origin before submission to the Secretariat for processing.

PACKAGE:

Payment by Government of the approved feeding fee
Payment of final examination fees for examinations conducted by the WAEC and Technical Examinations Unit of the GES.

DURATION: The duration of this award is variable as it is dependent on when the award is given. It is transferable to another approved public school with the award holder.

HARDSHIP AWARD:

Intended to provide financial support to brilliant but needy students who hail from regions outside the three northern regions and whose parents/guardians are financially handicapped.

ELIGIBILITY:

Open to all students in approved public schools whose parents are financial distressed.

ACCESSING THE AWARD:

Parents/Guardians collect forms from the Scholarships Secretariat for completion.
Forms should be Endorsement by school Heads and DCEs.

PACKAGE:

Payment of feeding fee of students admitted into approved public schools as boarders.
Award is transferable with the holder to another approved public boarding school.

DURATION: The duration of this award is variable as it is dependent on when the award is given.

MERIT AWARDS:

Scheme is for brilliant students in approved public boarding schools recommended by school heads based on their performance at an end of term examination conducted by the school.

The number of awards for each school is dependent on the number of approved programmes and the number of streams per programme .
The best two students in a stream from each programme are selected for the award.

ELIGIBILITY: Brilliant students

PACKAGE:

The package for this award is the payment of approved feeding fee.
The award is not transferable to another school as it belongs to the school.

DURATION: The duration of this award is variable as it is dependent on when the award is given.

2. PRESIDENT’S SPECIAL INDEPENDENCE

ANNIVERSARY AWARD:

A special merit award given by His Excellency, the President, annually to the best twenty students admitted to senior high school
It is based on their performance at the Basic Education Certificate Examination. Each region has two awards, one for best male and one for best female student

COMMONWEALTH AWARD

WHAT IS IT?

For Postgraduate studies in Commonwealth Countries
Administered by Commonwealth Secretariat in collaboration with Scholarships Secretariat

ELIGIBILITY

Be Ghanaian Citizen
Resident in your home Country
Must be working in the Public Service
Must have First degree with 2nd Class Upper or better
Should not be more than 35 years for Masters programme and 45 years for Doctorate or Ph.D.
Must have 2 years Post National Service Working Experience
Course should be relevant to national development

ACCESSING THE AWARD

Obtain Preliminary Application forms from Scholarships Secretariat
Attach Admission letter from the relevant Universities
Research proposal and Study plan
Screening interviews for qualified applicants are conducted for purposes of short listing.
Selection and award by relevant Commonwealth Secretariat

AWARD PACKAGE

Tuition Fees
Monthly Stipend
Thesis Allowance
Air ticket to and from place of study
Award Package is fully funded by Commonwealth Secretariat of the relevant country.

DURATION: 1 yr for Masters and 3-4 yrs for Ph.D

3. FOREIGN LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY PROGRAMME

BACKGROUND/DESCRIPTION

It is an award instituted for modern language students of local public tertiary institutions (UG, KNUST, UCC, UEW and GIL) to undergo a six-month or one-year language proficiency programme in countries with which Ghana has bilateral agreements.

Thus students offering French are sponsored to go to Benin and Togo; those offering Russian to Russia; those offering Spanish to Cuba; those offering Arabic to Egypt; and those offering Swahili to Tanzania in the case of French, students from KNUST, GIL and UG undergo the programme in Benin for nine months, whilst those from UEW and UCC do so in Togo for six months in two batches. Students studying the other language are all drawn for UG. The award packages includes the following:

PACKAGE

Monthly stipend for duration of stay
Book allowance
Medical allowance
Warm clothing allowance for students in Russia
Transportation to and from place of study
Tuition and accommodation fees (vary from country to country and year to year)

ELIGIBILITY

It is award for third year Ghanaian students pursuing Modern Languages in the Local Public tertiary institutions

REQUIREMENTS

Nominating letter from Institution of study
Medical report
Request for application forms
Vetting of forms by Academic Registrar and Submission for processing

ACCESSING

The institutions concerned are given quotas each year on the basis of which they apply for forms (application and bond forms) for completion by their nominees. Completed forms are then vetted by the university authorities and submitted to Scholarships Secretariat for processing and issuance of award letters.

WHEN TO APPLY

Between January and May each year.

4. LOCAL TERTIARY SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

The Scholarships Secretariat administers five (5) types of scholarships for local Public Universities and Polytechnics.

TYPES OF AWARD:

The awards include:

Thesis grant for postgraduate students
Bursary grant for postgraduate students
Long course allowance for medical students
Disability allowance for physically challenged
Hardship allowance for needy students

THESIS GRANT

Thesis:

This is a grant paid once postgraduate students of Public Universities. Allowances are graduated according to programme or course offered.

ELIGIBILITY

Be a Ghanaian Citizen
Be a registered regular full time postgraduate student of a local Public University
Sandwich and distance learning students are not eligible to apply
Fee paying students are not eligible to apply
Students on sponsorship as well as those on study leave with pay are not eligible to apply

ACCESSING THE AWARD:

Universities concerned request for application forms each academic year from the Scholarships Secretariat

Eligible students application form from their institutions for completion
Completed forms should be sent to the Registrar academic (Graduate School) for Vetting and endorsement.
Completed application forms as well as signed list of applicants should be submitted by the Registrar to the Scholarships Secretariat for processing

PACKAGE: One Time
Payment of graduated allowances to PhD., M. Phil and Masters/Postgraduate Diploma students working on their thesis.

Duration: The One academic year

BURSARY GRANT
Bursaries are paid uniformly across board annually to mitigate the course cost of postgraduate students.

ELIGIBILITY

Be a Ghanaian Citizen
Be a registered regular full time postgraduate student of a local Public University
Sandwich and distance learning students are not eligible to apply
Fee paying students are not eligible to apply
Students on sponsorship as well as those on study leave with pay are not eligible to apply

ACCESSING THE AWARD:

Universities concerned request for application forms each academic year from the Scholarships Secretariat
Eligible students application form from their institutions for completion
Completed forms should be sent to the Registrar academic (Graduate School) for collection and vetting.

Completed application forms as well as signed list of applicants should be submitted by the Registrar to the Scholarships Secretariat for processing

PACKAGE
Payment of grant annually

Duration: The award covers the entire normal duration of a programme.

LONG COURSE ALLOWANCE FOR MEDICAL STUDENTS

This is a grant paid to medical and dental students in their clinical years after their first degree (Human biology). It is an incentive on account of the relatively longer course duration.

ELIGIBILITY

Be a Ghanaian Citizen
Be registered and duly admitted into the clinical school
Fee paying students are not eligible to apply

ACCESSING THE AWARD:

Medical schools of universities concerned request for application forms each year from the Scholarships Secretariat
Eligible students application forms from their institutions for completion.
Completed forms should be sent to the Registrar Academic (Medical School) vetting and endorsement.
Completed forms as well as signed list of applicants should be submitted by the Registrar to the Scholarships Secretariat for processing.

PACKAGE
Payment of grant annually

DURATION: Long course is valid only for 3 years of clinical study.

5. BILATERAL SCHOLARSHIPS

BACKGROUND/DESCRIPTION

These are based on bilateral cooperation agreements between Ghana and friendly countries, namely, Russia, Czech Republic, China, Cuba, Morocco, Egypt, Algeria Turkey and others as may be communicated to the Scholarships Secretariat. Notification of the awards (which cover a wide range of subject areas in the sciences, technology, humanities and social sciences) are given each year by the countries concerned, through Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration. The offer is then advertised and selection panel constituted to interview applicants.

Funding responsibilities are shared between the award offering country.

ELIGIBILITY

Be a Ghanaian citizen resident in Ghana
Must have genuine Birth Certificate

In addition:

Undergraduate students must have senior high school certificate with a minimum aggregate of eighteen (18).
Not be above twenty- three years of age
Be Holder of senior high school certificate issue within the last three years

Candidates for Master’s Programme:

Must have bachelor’s degree with 2nd class upper or better.
Must have at least two (2) years post national service work experience.
Should not be more than 35years of age.

Postgraduate students should not be more than 45years of age.

ACCESSING THE AWARD

Offer is published in the National Dailies.

Students can apply by way of written application letter with copies of school and birth certificates.
Students must indicate preferred course and contact addresses with phone numbers.
Applicants must attend selection interviews as advertised.

AWARD PACKAGE

Awarding Country provides Tuition fess and other allowances
Ghana Government provides Undergraduate/Postgraduate students
Supplementary monthly maintenance allowance
Book allowance
Health insurance
Winding-up allowance.
Air passage from place of study.
Shipment allowance for personal effects on completion of course.

Students are responsible for their air transportation to their places of study.

CONDITIONS

Students must be medically fit to travel and study abroad.
Students are bonded to be of good conduct and return to save nation after completion of studies.
The scholarship may be suspended or terminated on ground or misconduct, failure or poor academic performance to comply with rules governing the award.

DURATION: Varies from course to course and country to country

CONTACT INFORMATION

Scholarships Secretariat
PO Box M-75
Accra

Tel: 233-302-662681

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